I want to debunk the notion that Birth Doulas only attend, or push (no pun intended) for a natural birth! A Doula is trained to support you.....the birthing person, no matter choices you make during your labour process. We will be there to answer questions and be flexible to any plan changes. And help you navigate those changes you may not have anticipated.
So you might then be thinking, " if I know I want an epidural or other pain medications, I don't need a Doula." Not true, there is so much that we can do to support and enhance your labour, with or without medication. Movement and positioning matters, more than ever with an epidural. We will work with your nurse to ensure you are moving in your bed, changing positions frequently so baby will be in the most favourable position for the delivery. If a Cesarean birth is planned or becomes necessary Doulas are a calm presence, supporting you and your support person with information and help facilitate bonding with baby after the birth. The benefits and stats on Doulas don't change because of medications or complications. Doulas help you make the best informed decisions for you and provide continuous support to help make your birth experience an empowered one!